On Wednesday, the children in Year 2 visited Souter Lighthouse as part of the ‘Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’ topic. While we were there, we climbed the 76 steps to the top of the lighthouse and looked at the 1008 lens. The children were fascinated with the life of the Lighthouse Keeper and how difficult it must have been. As part of our geography focus, we also identified many geographical features of the area, such as cliffs, vegetation and rocks.
We have a published artist in Year 2!
During World Book Day, every child in the school created a poster for their favourite book and the best ones were entered into a competition organised by Vision for Education.
This week, we found out that one of our pupils was a winner and that their picture was to be printed in a special book that would be shared among schools all over the country.
Year 2 were very excited to find out that the winner was from their class and it was…..
Lee from VfE came in to present Rhys with a copy of the book plus a gift voucher. We don’t expect this to be the last time Rhys’ artistic skills are on public display!
Children in Year 2 have been writing The Easter Story. As well as this, they created a ‘Good Friday Garden’. We discussed how the people in the story were feeling and placed these words around the Garden – words such as ‘scared’, ‘angry’ and ‘hopeless’.
We followed this up by listening to the story of Easter Sunday in the Secret Garden. Once we had listened to the story, we searched for flowers and used these to decorate the Resurrection Garden.
On Tuesday the whole school was involved in ‘Barnabas Day’ – during which Christianity is explored in schools through storytelling, drama and music, with a good sprinkling of fun. Key Stage One took part in a session which focused on the theme ‘Being a good friend’. Chris Hudson, from the Barnabas team, told Key Stage One the story of Joseph and his Coat of Many Colours. Chris told the story and drew children into acting out the character parts. The children all participated brilliantly and we saw some fantastic acting! Well done Key Stage One!
Mme Smith has been teaching Year 2 about colours in French. The children played a game where colours were hidden and they needed to say which colour was missing….in French! We then sang The Rainbow Song….in French!
Rouge et jaune et rose et vert,
Orange et violet et bleu.
Je connais les couleurs,
Toutes les couleurs
De mon arc en ciel.
Year 2 had a fantastic day yesterday. The children were welcomed into class by Mr Gum and The Witch on the Broom. Children were dressed as a variety of characters, from Jessie to Ben 10. First of all, children designed a new book cover which will be entered into a regional competition.
We then had our Spelling Bee competition. The children had obviously spent a long time learning their spellings, but we had seven children who got 100%. The knock-out round led to Kieran, Chloe and Daniel qualifying for the whole school contest.
Mrs Jordan then came into class to read some Beatrix Potter stories.
Next was time to Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) where we read quietly for 15 minutes (Mr Craig said this was the best part of the day!)
Finally, Jamie Wonka gave out his scrum-diddly-umptious treats!
We had a great day and brought in lots of new books for our library!
In Year 2, we heard the story of The Last Supper. We re-enacted the story as this is a great way for us to understand how people were feeling. Jesus blessed the bread and wine and shared it among the disciples. He also washed the feet of his disciples. This is an example of how you should treat others. You don’t have to actually wash other people’s feet, but doing nice things for others and acting like a servant for Jesus, that is what He wants you to do.
Year 2 are currently reading the book ‘Instructions’ by Neil Gaiman. The book is a series of instructions that guides the reader through a fantasy land. The children will be creating their own instructions, using imperative ‘bossy’ verbs, to get through a Fairy Tale land.
The children have looked at how recipes give us instructions and use ‘bossy’ verbs. The homework this week was to bake cakes using instructions (or recipe) ready to sell on Cake day on Thursday. We were amazed by the skills we have (as well as parents)in cake making!
In Year 2, we have been looking at portraits by famous artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Henri Matisse and Gustav Klimt. We looked at similarities and differences between the portraits. We then discussed how to create a portrait, starting with self portraits. After looking at how to create an oval shape for the face, we drew lines across the middle to guide where our features go.
We hope you like some of our self portraits. We will be creating portraits of our friends next week.
Year 2 have this week started a maths unit on data collecting. After learning about how to use tally charts, the children spent a session ‘tallying’ information about their friends favourite fruit. The children learned to ‘close the gate’ when reaching 5, which makes it easier to count up the tally at the end. The children then converted their results into bar graphs and analysed the information.
Following this, we will be using tally charts to create our own animal bar charts based on habitat, eating habits and other criteria.